• Brazil: Documentary Exemption Extended for South American Work Visa Applicants; Tax Registry Cards No Longer Being Issued
  • December 6, 2010
  • Law Firm: Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP - New York Office
  • Documentary Exemption for Work Visa Applicants from South America Extended Through 2012

    Nationals of countries in South America who apply for a Brazilian work visa continue to be exempt from submitting copies of their university diploma and professional experience letter with their application through December 31, 2012. In order to be eligible for this exemption, applicants must hold a valid passport from a South American country. The exemption originally expired on October 16, 2010, but was extended by the Brazilian government on November 12, 2010.

    South Americans who filed Brazilian work visa applications between October 16 and November 12, 2010 must supplement their applications with legalized copies of their university diploma and professional experience letter. Fragomen clients who initiated work visa applications during this period have already been contacted and their applications supplemented. For more information, please contact [email protected].

    Authorities No Longer Issuing Tax Cards

    Brazilian authorities have stopped issuing Taxpayer Registry Cards (Cadastro de Pessoas Fisicos or CPF Cards), although they continue to issue CPF numbers. All Brazilian nationals, as well as foreign nationals who are placed on the payroll of a Brazilian company or who will remain in Brazil for at least 183 days within a one-year period, must obtain a CPF number.

    Foreign nationals who require a CPF number must first register with the Brazilian Federal Police within 30 days of arrival to Brazil, and then request a CPF number from the Brazilian Secretariat of Federal Revenue (Secretaria da Receita Federal). CPF numbers are now issued in the form of a paper printout called a PF Protocol, typically within one week of the request. The CPF number serves as proof of a foreign national’s registration with the Brazilian authorities and, among other things, is a prerequisite for placing a foreign national on a Brazilian company’s payroll.

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